Processions 2018 – Sign up now!

Find out how to contribute to this mass, participatory art installation this June, honouring 100 years of votes for women and the Suffragette sacrifice it took to get them…

PROCESSIONS 2018 will take place on 10th June in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast.

Want to be part of a once-in-a-lifetime, major art installation?

Processions 2018 could be just what you’re looking for…

What is it about?

This year marks the 100-year anniversary of the Suffragettes achieving their ultimate goal – votes for women.  In 1918, The Representation of the People Act was passed, meaning that women finally had the right to vote and to hold public office.  It took not only hard work and dedication for the Suffragettes to succeed, but also desperately harsh protest conditions and sacrifice.  See the Museum of London video below for a more detailed account.

Who can attend?

14-18 NOW – the UK’s arts programme in charge of the First World War Centenary – is calling for women and girls of all ages to participate in a mass, group installation on 10th June.  Whether you decide to join the throng in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff or Belfast, there is sure to be an impressive ‘flowing river of colour through the city streets’.

On the day…

The order of the day is simple:-

  1. (Sign up online to confirm you are attending beforehand.).
  2. Wear either green, white or violet – the colours emblematic of the Women’s Suffrage Movement.  PROCESSIONS will take place no matter the weather, so dress appropriately.
  3. If you’d like to take a banner (you don’t have to): Either take one of the pre-commissioned banners with you, or one you have created yourself.  A banner-making toolkit is featured on the PROCESSIONS website.
  4. Collect your coloured scarf at the event (either white, green or purple) in order to create a striped effect in the procession.
  5. Assemble at your chosen city start point from 12:15pm onwards.  (PROCESSIONS will kick off at 2pm approx.).
  6. Cardiff starting point – Cardiff City Football Stadium CF11 8AZ; London starting point – Park Lane, W1K 7AJ; Belfast starting point – Titanic Slipways Belfast, BT3 9EP; Edinburgh starting point – Middle Meadow Walk, The Meadows, EH3 8GE.
  7. End points will be:  Cardiff – Bute Park, CF10 3NW; London – Abingdon Street, SW1P 3JY; Belfast – Belfast City Hall, BT1 5GS; Edinburgh – Queens Drive, Holyrood Park, EH8 8AZ.  (The longest route will be London at 2.6miles.).
  8. HAVE FUN!

Official artists

Artichoke – the production company running the event – are commissioning 10 UK women artists to produce official event banners in concert with UK organisations.  One of the artists, Claudette Johnson (Co-Founder of the BLKArts Research Group), commented:-

‘I am excited to be part of PROCESSIONS because it will be an opportunity to work collectively to produce work that reflects the myriad ways that women contribute to society. It will allow us to give space to some of the forgotten or obscured women who have challenged notions about gender, race and society.’.

Jess De Wahls – another of the 10 women artists commissioned to create official banners for PROCESSIONS 2018. She is a ‘bona fide lynch pin of the British textile art scene’, creating ‘Retex Sculpture’  out of upcycled clothing.

Added to this, 100 women artists are being commissioned to run community events up and down the country to create 100 larger, group banners for PROCESSIONS.  Events this week include:-

15th May

16th & 17th May

19th May

(See the website for more.).

Women’s Suffrage banner used during the 1918 demonstrations.

Accessibility needs

If you have accessibility needs met in order to consider taking part in this physical event, you can share this at the point of registration with the event organisers.  There will also be more general instructions posted on the website nearer to the event.

How is PROCESSIONS being funded?

PROCESSIONS will be funded by a mixture of public and private funding.  It is commissioned by 14-18 NOW: WWI Centenary Art Commissions, with support from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, and from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.  Additional funders include NatWest, Hogan Lovells and the New Zealand High Commission.  Artichoke is still raising funds for the project.

A range of specially created PROCESSIONS “rewards” commemorating this once-in-a-lifetime event are available as part of your registration package when you register to participate in the artwork at www.processions.co.uk.  All the proceeds will support Artichoke’s work as a charitable organisation who create public artworks which are free and open to all.

Art Today will be registering for this key event and giving generously!

 

[Credits:  processions.co.uk; PROCESSIONS Press Office; hollybushgardens.co.uk]

 

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